Friday, May 02, 2008

For Stats Junkies: Where APAs are the Largest Minority

A curious note came our way with the May release of the monthly Census Bureau update.

We're stats junkies at the Village, so we annually post the Bureau's Facts-for-Features when we update our section.

It comes with their annually updated population projections, which this year carried the following highlights:

The Asian population rose by 2.9 percent, or 434,000, between 2006 and 2007.

California (5 million) had the largest Asian population on July 1, 2007, as well
as the largest numerical increase during the 2006 to 2007 period (106,000). New
York (1.4 million) and Texas (915,000) followed in population. Texas (44,000)
and New York (33,000) followed in numerical increase.

In Hawaii, Asians made up the highest proportion of the total population (55 percent), with California (14 percent), and New Jersey and Washington (8 percent each) next.

The single-race Asian population in 2007 had a median age of 35.4, compared with the population as a whole at 36.6.

This pretty reflects trends that have been reoprted in recent years past, only augmented. But this year, the Bureau slipped a really surprising one by us, burying the revelation in an entirely different release. We even thought it was a typo, but we followed through digging a little deeper into and it seems legit. So before we report it, we thought we'd put it out there to those APIA Studies folks and demographers who think they really know their stuff.

QUESTION: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asians are the largest minority group in which U.S. state(s)?

Think you know? Check it out.